Stewards of the Banquet

Posted: September 16, 2018 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We are a group of disciples which strive to lead our Lord’s flock to a greater liturgical experience of the Holy Eucharist through the deepening of their faith and relationship with Him. We also serve as guardians at the Eucharistic Celebration.

We begin by becoming beacons of His love by our own inner transformation through His grace; by learning and living His Word. By growing in our prayer life and fraternal love for one another by the coming together as one community centred on Him. By our reverence, dress and demeanour we become sacraments in which to lead the congregation into the sacred.

At the Eucharistic Celebration we begin by welcoming everyone to our parish with His peace and love. Ensuring they have a peaceful and safe environment to worship and to pray. We collect and safeguard the gifts offered during the Eucharistic Celebration. And at the end of the celebration we bid them farewell and God our Father’s blessings upon them as they and we do, go forth to share His love with the world.

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted: September 15, 2018 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Following the Messiah: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:

Isaiah 50:4–9
Psalm 116:1–6, 8–9
James 2:14–18
Mark 8:27–35

In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is.
Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when he declares: “You are the Messiah.” Many expected the Messiah to be a miracle worker who would vanquish Israel’s enemies and restore the kingdom of David (see John 6:15).
Jesus today reveals a different portrait. He calls Himself the Son of Man, evoking the royal figure Daniel saw in his heavenly visions (see Daniel 7:13–14). But Jesus’ kingship is not to be of this world (see John 18:36). And the path to His throne, as He reveals, is by way of suffering and death.
Jesus identifies the Messiah with the suffering servant that Isaiah foretells in today’s First Reading. The words of Isaiah’s servant are Jesus’ words—as He gives Himself to be shamed and beaten, trusting that God will be His help. We hear our Lord’s voice again in today’s Psalm, as He gives thanks that God has freed Him from the cords of death.
As Jesus tells us today, to believe that He is the Messiah is to follow His way of self-denial—losing our lives to save them, in order to rise with Him to new life. Our faith, we hear again in today’s Epistle, must express itself in works of love (see Galatians 5:6).
Notice that Jesus questions the apostles today “along the way.” They are on the way to Jerusalem, where the Lord will lay down His life. We, too, are on a journey with the Lord.
We must take up our cross, giving to others and enduring all our trials for His sake and the sake of the Gospel.
Our lives must be an offering of thanksgiving for the new life He has given us, until that day when we reach our destination, and walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 15, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Is it not fitting that a day after the exaltation of the Holy Cross we remember our lady of sorrows, our dearest mother whom our beloved Lord and saviour Jesus Christ gave us to be our very own.

She lovingly weeps for us her children, urging and guiding us towards holiness. To turn away from all evils of sin. She is present and stands with us in our trials and challenges interceding for us. How can we not be inspired then by her love? To live according to the will of her son our Lord.

Let us be single minded in all that we say and all that do in loving and serving the Lord our God. For then the world will see that we are truly one body in our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Our Lady of sorrows pray for us….

First reading

1 Corinthians 10:14-22
We are a single body because we all share the one bread

My dear brothers, you must keep clear of idolatry. I say to you as sensible people: judge for yourselves what I am saying. The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf. Look at the other Israel, the race, where those who eat the sacrifices are in communion with the altar. Does this mean that the food sacrificed to idols has a real value, or that the idol itself is real? Not at all. It simply means that the sacrifices that they offer they sacrifice to demons who are not God. I have no desire to see you in communion with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot take your share at the table of the Lord and at the table of demons. Do we want to make the Lord angry; are we stronger than he is?

Gospel

John 19:25-27
‘Woman, this is your son’

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son.’ Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your mother.’ And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home.

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 14, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Love lifted on the cross for me: my Lord, my God, my salvation. Love lifted high to set me free: my Lord, my God, my salvation. Lyrics from this beautiful song of the cross which provides great depth for reflection on God our Father’s love for us all.

Many times in our life we had chosen to turn out backs on our Lord, placing everything else above Him. We had spoken or unspoken words of anger against God in our hearts. We had chosen to sin, sometimes out of spite, other times as an escape while other times simply our own base desires. Having succumbed to the poison of sin, death would surely come.

Yet our Lord Jesus Christ continues to invite us to turn to Him. With open arms He waits to embrace us. For to gaze upon Him on the cross is to witness God’s immense love for us. He died to set us free from the heavy bonds of sin. To live new, fruitful lives in Him. Everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. Amen

First reading

Numbers 21:4-9

If anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked up at the bronze serpent and lived

On the way through the wilderness the people lost patience. They spoke against God and against Moses, ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt to die in this wilderness? For there is neither bread nor water here; we are sick of this unsatisfying food.’
At this God sent fiery serpents among the people; their bite brought death to many in Israel. The people came and said to Moses, ‘We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you. Intercede for us with the Lord to save us from these serpents.’ Moses interceded for the people, and the Lord answered him, ‘Make a fiery serpent and put it on a standard. If anyone is bitten and looks at it, he shall live.’ So Moses fashioned a bronze serpent which he put on a standard, and if anyone was bitten by a serpent, he looked at the bronze serpent and lived.

Gospel

John 3:13-17
God sent his Son so that through him the world might be saved

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

‘No one has gone up to heaven except the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man who is in heaven; and the Son of Man must be lifted up as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.
Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.
For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.’

Song of the cross

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 13, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We have a duty as God our Father’s children to lead everyone to a greater knowledge of Him through our Lord Jesus Christ so that they might enter into that same deep and meaningful, personal relationship we have with Him. We do so most of all by our holiness in Him.

That is to say we must avoid sin and sinfulness at all cost. There must be no hint of scandal in all we say or do. We cannot say that we sit with sinners and do what they do so as to gradually lead them into the light. No! Be holy as your heavenly Father is Holy.

Christians are called to a higher standard. The bar so to speak has been set by our Lord Jesus Christ who has shown us the way by His very own example. It is through Him alone that we can love as we ought, be merciful and kind as we ought. And much, much more. For His love and mercy abounds in us His faithful. And so the measure that we give, is the measure that we receive. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 8:1-7,11-13
Your brethren may be weaker than you: do not lead them astray

Now about food sacrificed to idols. ‘We all have knowledge’; yes, that is so, but knowledge gives self-importance – it is love that makes the building grow. A man may imagine he understands something, but still not understand anything in the way that he ought to. But any man who loves God is known by him. Well then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: we know that idols do not really exist in the world and that there is no god but the One. And even if there were things called gods, either in the sky or on earth – where there certainly seem to be ‘gods’ and ‘lords’ in plenty – still for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things come and for whom we exist; and there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things come and through whom we exist.
Some people, however, do not have this knowledge. There are some who have been so long used to idols that they eat this food as though it really had been sacrificed to the idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled by it. In this way your knowledge could become the ruin of someone weak, of a brother for whom Christ died. By sinning in this way against your brothers, and injuring their weak consciences, it would be Christ against whom you sinned. That is why, since food can be the occasion of my brother’s downfall, I shall never eat meat again in case I am the cause of a brother’s downfall.

Gospel

Luke 6:27-38
Love your enemies

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I say this to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly. To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too; to the man who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you. Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those who love you, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks can you expect? For even sinners do that much. And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what thanks can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back the same amount. Instead, love your enemies and do good, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.
‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 12, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

What is it that you own? Be it possessions, titles, or certifications that you can bring with you when you die? Many will agree that life is too short however some have mottos to live life to the fullest by doing as the please, seeking and chasing one pleasure after the next. While others who have little might mourn about never having enough and having to struggle all their lives.

Here is the truth, the Lord our God loves you with an everlasting love. He is the only constant in an ever changing world. For even as the world passes away, His word is forevermore. Our Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God is the source of life. And so to live with and in Him is to live life to the fullest come what may.

Happy the man and woman who places all their trust in the Lord. Who seeks first the kingdom of God always. They are truly blessed, now and forever. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 7:25-31
The world as we know it is passing away

About remaining celibate, I have no directions from the Lord but give my own opinion as one who, by the Lord’s mercy, has stayed faithful. Well then, I believe that in these present times of stress this is right: that it is good for a man to stay as he is. If you are tied to a wife, do not look for freedom; if you are free of a wife, then do not look for one. But if you marry, it is no sin, and it is not a sin for a young girl to get married. They will have their troubles, though, in their married life, and I should like to spare you that.
Brothers, this is what I mean: our time is growing short. Those who have wives should live as though they had none, and those who mourn should live as though they had nothing to mourn for; those who are enjoying life should live as though there were nothing to laugh about; those whose life is buying things should live as though they had nothing of their own; and those who have to deal with the world should not become engrossed in it. I say this because the world as we know it is passing away.

Gospel

Luke 6:20-26
Happy are you who are poor, who are hungry, who weep

Fixing his eyes on his disciples Jesus said:

‘How happy are you who are poor: yours is the kingdom of God.
Happy you who are hungry now: you shall be satisfied.
Happy you who weep now: you shall laugh.

Happy are you when people hate you, drive you out, abuse you, denounce your name as criminal, on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice when that day comes and dance for joy, for then your reward will be great in heaven. This was the way their ancestors treated the prophets.

‘But alas for you who are rich: you are having your consolation now.
Alas for you who have your fill now: you shall go hungry.
Alas for you who laugh now: you shall mourn and weep.

‘Alas for you when the world speaks well of you! This was the way their ancestors treated the false prophets.’

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 11, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

How have you been progressing towards holiness? What are the fruits of your transformation? Are you more loving and forgiving of your sisters and brothers faults? Are you as chosen ones leading others towards holiness? Towards greater faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ?

Or are you still bickering? Pointing fingers at others, accusing others of wrong doing? Engaging in plots of character assassination? Are you judging others according to the standards of the world? Who then do you think stands behind your thoughts and actions?

As the twelve apostles were chosen so are we His chosen flock. To lead everyone to salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord indeed is our shepherd there is nothing we shall want. Amen

First reading

1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Do not drag your brother to a pagan for judgement

How dare one of your members take up a complaint against another in the law courts of the unjust instead of before the saints? As you know, it is the saints who are to ‘judge the world’; and if the world is to be judged by you, how can you be unfit to judge trifling cases? Since we are also to judge angels, it follows that we can judge matters of everyday life; but when you have had cases of that kind, the people you appointed to try them were not even respected in the Church. You should be ashamed: is there really not one reliable man among you to settle differences between brothers and so one brother brings a court case against another in front of unbelievers? It is bad enough for you to have lawsuits at all against one another: oughtn’t you to let yourselves be wronged, and let yourselves be cheated? But you are doing the wronging and the cheating, and to your own brothers.
You know perfectly well that people who do wrong will not inherit the kingdom of God: people of immoral lives, idolaters, adulterers, catamites, sodomites, thieves, usurers, drunkards, slanderers and swindlers will never inherit the kingdom of God. These are the sort of people some of you were once, but now you have been washed clean, and sanctified, and justified through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and through the Spirit of our God.

Gospel

Luke 6:12-19
Jesus chooses his twelve apostles

Jesus went out into the hills to pray; and he spent the whole night in prayer to God. When day came he summoned his disciples and picked out twelve of them; he called them ‘apostles’: Simon whom he called Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon called the Zealot, Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot who became a traitor.
He then came down with them and stopped at a piece of level ground where there was a large gathering of his disciples with a great crowd of people from all parts of Judaea and from Jerusalem and from the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon who had come to hear him and to be cured of their diseases. People tormented by unclean spirits were also cured, and everyone in the crowd was trying to touch him because power came out of him that cured them all.